Xi Jinping prepares the ground to perpetuate himself in power in China

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping can only have a third term because he changed the rules of the game. Until 2018, the directors should retire at 68 years, after fulfilling, at most, two five-year terms. Xi modified the Constitution and will be able to continue in power in China even though he is 79 years old.

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] of October, the Communist Party will hold its th congress. In this event, the government usually re-elects or changes the occupants of the main seats, as well as formalizing the name of the head of state — who is, at the same time, head of the party and of the army.

Projecting- For the next five years, Xi announced at the end of July that the next term will be economically “critical”. “It will be necessary to focus on the problem of unbalanced and insufficient development,” he declared. “Our country will be faced with risks and challenges, as well as contractions and more complicated problems than we had before. We must prepare for the worst.”

In November last year, Xi Jinping announced that he needed to save the Communist Party from the liberal waves through an “iron fist”. This is how he proposes to solve this disastrous economic situation, resulting from an unsuccessful Zero Covid policy, an economic growth that slows down year by year and the threat to the soy route – previously called “China’s project of the century”.

The dictator prepares his third term and is already thinking about the fourth

Xi’s project does not stop there. According to Willy Lam, an expert on the Chinese political system, the dictator is already looking forward to a fourth term, from 2027 to 2032, when he will be 79 years old. “On the other hand, by then Xi will have to share some government seats with his political rivals,” anticipates Lam in an article published by the Jamestown Foundation, a think tank of the United States.

Despite the lack of transparency of the country’s communist party, experts predict that, for the term that runs until 2027, the change should be less radical, but still important in the Chinese political scene. Cheng Li, a researcher on Beijing, published in the magazine of the American Brookings Institution that “about two-thirds of the 2032 members of the central committee, half of the 25 of the political cabinet and of the seven members of the standing committee will be new staff.”

Aside from the changes engineered behind the scenes, it has already become public that the Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, will step down, as he himself announced at the beginning of the year. Favorable to the market economy, Keqiang often counterbalances the extreme state interventionism imposed by Xi Jinping.


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